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The Institute of Phoniatrics, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Institute of Phoniatrics, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands. mieke.moerman@tiscaali.be
The Institute of Phoniatrics, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
This paper describes our first attempts to develop a method for the objective assessment of quality in substitution voices. The objective analysis deals with acoustic parameters characterising short voice and speech samples like a sequence of isolated vowels, a sequence of VCV and CVCVCV syllables, a short sentence, etc. A database of 113 registrations from 68 patients (53 total laryngectomy patients with tracheo-esophageal speech, 14 total laryngectomy patients with esophagcal speech and 5 patients with partial frontolateral laryngectomy) and 6 registrations from healthy control persons was collected. Each registration consisted of seven speech utterances and was subjected to an acoustic analysis as well as to a perceptual evaluation, the latter involving eight parameters like "overall impression", "tonicity", etc. Since the goal of o...
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